Black Bottle

10 Years Old

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 6, Issue 44
Brand: Black Bottle
Expression: 10 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 10 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 6
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Very fragrant. Slight sherry, lots of seaweed, hint of salt and soda-bread.
Palate: Malty. Soft, syrupy. Marzipan. Almonds. Grassy.
Finish: Peat comes surging through.
Comment: A delicious, appetising, new expression of Black Bottle. As a blend, it is a star.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Grassy grain thins out the deep peat. Saltiness adds depth and compliments peppery notes.
Palate: Chewy and smoky. Flavours intensify as the rich, clean and oily peat really kick in. Malty too.
Finish: Sensational. Waves of peat give way to cocoa/coffee effect. Unbelievably long for a blend.
Comment: Simmering, full-blooded blend that celebrates its 100% Islay malt roots by taking no prisoners whatsoever. Brilliant.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Phenolic: tarry rope, seashell, salami. With herbs, seaweed, cereal notes. Coal scuttle.
Palate: Explosive smokiness balanced by a silky soft mid-palate. Seashore aromas, fish oil, light ginger, lavender. Sooty. Great balance.
Finish: Smoke and ginger.
Comment: Holding all those expressive peaty malts in check is a difficult task. This does so with poise.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Tangy. A definite marine breath. Creosote. Drying sea-weeds. Coconut. Bogmyrtle. A hint of tar. Sour apple. Vanilla breaks through after a while.
Palate: Smoky. Sweet fruit notes. Malt extract.
Finish: Warm. Hint of soot. Light oak.
Comment: An uncompromising Islay blend. Washes along sea fragrances. But reveals a sweet nature on the palate. Grain and malt are well married. A good cure for Islay-sickness.
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